Cowboys Earn National Recognition From

Sept. 28, 2009


For the second time this season, Wyoming Cowboys have been recognized by as among the best performers at their positions in the nation.

Cowboy punter Austin McCoy was named the nation's Co-Punter Performer of the Week by He shared the honor with BYU's Riley Stephenson. McCoy averaged 53.2 yards on five punts versus UNLV. He had a long punt of 60 yards, and placed one of his five punts inside the Rebel 20-yard line.

Sophomore cornerback Tashaun Gipson was one of only six defensive backs nationally to be recognized this week. He was one of five Honorable Mention honoree as a defensive back. Air Force's Reggie Rembert was named the Defensive Back Performer of the Week. Gipson intercepted two passes at critical points of the win over UNLV, and added four tackles on the day to help key Wyoming's 30-27 MWC-opening win. Gipson's first interception came in the third quarter with UNLV looking to break a 13-13 tie. The Rebels had a second and goal from the Wyoming 10-yard line when UNLV quarterback Omar Clayton threw a pass toward the endzone. Gipson intercepted the pass at the Wyoming' one-yard line and returned it to the four-yard line to end the drive for the Rebels. With 7:41 remaining in the game and Wyoming having just tied the game at 27 all, Gipson intercepted his second pass of the day at the UNLV 37-yard line. Gipson's interception set up Wyoming's game-winning drive of 26 yards, culminating in a 28-yard field goal that gave Wyoming a 30-27 victory.

Earlier this season following Wyoming's 2009 season-opening win over Weber State, Wyoming freshman strong safety Shamiel Gary was named the Co-Defensive Back Performer of the Week, while senior defensive tackle John Fletcher was one of only five defensive linemen in the nation to earn Honorable Mention honors that week.